Partners’ Resources


Green LEAF Partner Resources

CT Green LEAF partners include Federal and Connecticut State agencies, environmental education-outreach groups, business & professional education associations, and CT colleges and universities. Below, you will find an overview of our partners, and highlights of the resources and programs they offer to support your curricular goals.



The Center for EcoTechnology helps people and businesses save energy and reduce waste.
CET is providing free assistance to schools (as well as other Connecticut institutions and businesses) to develop or improve food recycling and donation programs. Opportunities are limited, so contact us today to discuss this assistance.

Assistance includes:

• Evaluating your school’s waste management system
• Helping design a wasted food diversion program that fits your school’s needs
• Providing cost analysis of available options
• Working with your current hauler
• Providing training of staff and signage
• Follow-up as needed.

Wasted food diversion programs such as donation and composting can help your school lower disposal costs and improve its environmental footprint, while educating students about environmental awareness. In addition, as long as food is donated in good faith and date labeling rules are followed, there are ample liability protections for donors. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has released food donation legal fact sheets, which explain the date labeling laws, liability protections, and tax incentives for businesses and institutions.
If you are interested in learning more about this program and would like to reduce your wasted food, please contact the Center for EcoTechnology at 413-586-7350 ext. 238 or by email at

Common Ground High School is the nation’s longest-running environmental charter school.commonground
The urban farm is a demonstration site modeling sustainable agriculture and contributing to a healthy food system in New Haven.
The environmental center offers programs for people of all ages.
Common Ground also hosts the Connecticut School Garden Resource Center.

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The Connecticut Audubon Society maintains 19 wildlife sanctuaries across the state, encompassing more than 2,600 acres of preserved lands, and offers educational outreach to over 200,000 children and adults each year.

Field Excursions
Aligned with CT science, math, and literacy standards, “Science in Nature programs consist of hands-on, inquiry-based activities that relate to earth and life sciences, ecology, conservation and citizenship”. For more information, please visit their website.

Connecticut Forest & Parks Association (CFPA) offers on- and off-site programs for students & adults alike, and professional development opportunities for educators. Funding assistance for programs and/or workshops may be available.

The Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) at Eastern CT State University promotes energy efficiency and sustainability in Connecticut, through education, research, and technical support.

ISE works with CT State agencies; municipalities; colleges, universities, and K-12 schools; businesses; and non-profit organizations, to implement practical solutions that increase energy efficiency, sustainability, and resilience.


Common Ground hosts the Connecticut School Garden Resource Center which works directly with partner schools, provides programming, curriculum resources, and professional development.

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Connecticut Outdoor and Environmental Education Association supports Connecticut’s educators as they promote responsible environmental stewardship. Members include both formal and informal educators, as well as organization members. COEEA provides an annual conference, usually held in the spring.

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Energize Connecticut is an initiative dedicated to empowering Connecticut to make smart energy choices, now and in the future.

Funded by Connecticut’s electric and gas ratepayers, programs support energy efficiency, and services to towns and businesses. EnergizeCT also provides the eeSmarts energy education learning initiative.

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